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stopping the spam

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just wondering about all the spam recently.  as a way to possibly stop it you could make all new accounts wait a week or so before they are able to post any new threads.  you could allow new accounts to answer or make a comment, but not start a new topic until certain age or posting limit is reached, like maybe answer 4 or 5 comments then you can make a new thread.  something like that.

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This is something we've looked into - perhaps we should again. We try to do a sweep of the forums each morning and remove any spammers, but occasionally it does seem to get out of hand.

Your suggestion is a good one though, will have to see if there's a way to do this within the CMS we're using.

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I second that emotion, as Smokey Robinson once said. 

The spammer's real name is Derek Godsey. He's from Alabama, USA. And I know of him well from my research on him. His spam is confined to the History and Trivia, the DB Cooper thread there. Picture of him below. He's what we call in the USA a 'cracker'.
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He's a problem not only at Dropzone, but even YouTube and Twitter users have called for his accounts there to be closed. But that is for different reasons, not the porno he posts at Dropzone, or the spams. (He's back again today, by the way, under a different username.) Over at YouTube and Twitter, he likes to accuse people of murders they didn't commit, simply because he thinks they 'look' like a suspect in some old case. The guy is not playing with a full deck. Sometimes the people he picks on...even the families get involved...because he starts trying to contact THEM to verify his crazy accusations. He's a hateful guy, and totally nuts. 

Here at Dropzone, he was one of the people with a pet suspect in the DB Cooper case. When he first came on the Cooper thread, some other Cooper investigators asked him for more evidence on his suspect, because what he had was pretty thin. He became furious about that...and now he's been spamming the thread for a couple of months and shows no sign of stopping. Sometimes he fills up two entire pages at a time with his crazy stuff and his porno. 

There are only two real choices here. You can LOCK the DB Cooper thread, or you can delete the whole thing. That's the only way to get it to stop. Here is a picture of about half the phony identities he's used at DZ, snapped about a month ago. He's now exceeded 25 false identities at Dropzone. 

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The thread at Skydiving History and Trivia, DB Cooper...needs to be dealt with, and BADLY. Derek Godsey, aka many, many usernames, continues to spam the thread with page after page after page of the same picture, sometimes tossing in some really bad pornography. He's had his posts deleted, and his account frozen, (or however DZ bans people) more than 20 times in the last six weeks. He will NEVER stop what he's doing until the thread is closed down. It was frozen for a few years when fighting got to a bad point. It was reopened on a conditional basis. It has been a failed experiment. 

In my humble opinion, the thread should be deleted and DZ should extract itself from the sometimes-hostile DB Cooper business, or the thread should at least be re-locked. 

Edited by RobertMBlevins

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I just took a look inadvertently (it was updated after I clicked "mark read.") It's pretty awful, and certainly pointless at the moment, unless people want to surf porn. I'm assuming he has it in for the previous poster, because he's using his name with a number added on the end as a userid.

Wendy P.

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On 7/23/2020 at 7:58 AM, wmw999 said:

I just took a look inadvertently (it was updated after I clicked "mark read.") It's pretty awful, and certainly pointless at the moment, unless people want to surf porn. I'm assuming he has it in for the previous poster, because he's using his name with a number added on the end as a userid.

Wendy P.

Yeah. I know ALL about Derek Godsey, the person responsible for all the porn at the DB Cooper thread, as well as his repetitive posts that go on page after page after page. Rather than doing a duplicate explanation of the situation here, just see THIS OTHER POST I made about it, and support me when I say the thread should be locked. Soon. It will never stop with this Godsey nut until the thread is locked. All Cooper investigators have moved their discussions elsewhere anyway, to places Godsey is not allowed to post. The thread is completely dead, except for the spammer...who keeps spamming it anyway right up to a few minutes ago. 

I hope the Admin sees this post. 

On a side note, my apologies you had to see that stuff. If Derek started spamming DZ because he was angry with me, and our investigation into the Cooper case, then I say let it end and lock the thread. I've made a lot of legit posts to that thread over the years, but I think it has run its course. Spammer is the only one posting there now anyway. Everyone bailed.

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